Monday & Tuesday eve: 6.30pm for Harrier coached sessions for members at Millfield Track; Wednesday eve : 6.40pm different ability groups road & off-road from Wells Rugby Club.
- Written by Paul Chadwick
- Hits: 8772
HARRIER GROUP TRAINING
The Harrier sessions have been Risk Assessed and are covered by Club insurances for Club members. (When training on your own please only train in public areas and do not use private facilities unless the Harriers have a formal agreement with facility managers for access at specific times of the week - see below.).
We have to follow strict protocol with hiring the track at Millfield - please follow the directions of Club coaches and ensure you register at the beginning of every session to ensure that we can account for everyone present. Club members only. If a member of another Club please complete form to become a 2nd Claim member of the Harriers.
Monday Juniors age 8-15 start 6.30pm at Millfield Track & finish 7.30pm. Please ensure you have joined the Club & book your place for each half-term - payment required half-termly - £15 for the sessions to the end of each half-term/term. (less than £2 per session!). Club members only, but 'taster' session available if we still have spaces for new junior athletes.
Priority given to juniors that compete for the Club (cross-country & road races over Autumn & Winter; Track & Field for our team with Yeovil Olympiads in spring & summer). Coaches: rota of Graham, Paul, Al, Isaac & Emma with soon to be qualified coaches Stuart & Ben helping out. Sprints, Middle-distance, Long Jump; Shot put; turbo-jav (for u11s) in spring & summer; and Endurance running, circuits, hills, in autumn & winter. Numbers limited to 40 per session unless more parents qualify as Coaches. Waiting list in operation when full.
No sessions on Bank Holiday Mondays; or the 2 weeks over Xmas break; or late July & during August when all the volunteer coaches are taking a well-earned break.(last session 18th July 2022 - then resumes 5th September. Registration with Club needed in advance). Focus from mid-September onwards on preparation for the cross-country season.
Tuesday older juniors age 14 upwards and seniors, 6.30pm to 7.30pm. Members only. Group warm up. Cost £2 per session to be paid each session or monthly - please register when attending. Enquiries to Graham. Coaches; Jon, Graham, Paul, Al, Tom & Simon (rota). Sessions set by Jon.There will be the option of track session or grass based session. Session plans posted up monthly. Mainly for endurance runners - middle-distance through to marathon.
NOTE: We soon hope to be able to announce new arrangements for athletes, or their parents if juniors, to pay by Credit Card for their training sessions (currently £15 per half-term for Mondays & £2 per session for Tuesdays). Please ensure your Club Membership is up to date to attend our coached sessions.
Come and join us for training & coaching. Join the Club and register before every session trackside. If new, then please introduce yourself to one of the coaches: Jon, Simon, Paul, Graham, Alex or Stephen.
Wednesday Social Run for adults in small groups from Wells Rugby Club. Meet outside Wells Rugby Clubhouse at 6.40pm for a 45-60 minute run in three groups.
(1) Beginners/improvers or 'steady group' led by qualified coaches Sharon & Lynne - see contact below.
(2 & 3) Usually a road option and an off-road option for those who have been running a while, some of whom will be training for forthcoming races over 5k to Marathon.
Contact Andy Piper for details of the road/off-road session or for you to advise him that you are intending to join in. The road/off-road session is led by senior Harriers (not coaches). Last Wednesday of the month in Summer there is a pub run led by one of the senior Harriers - different pub each time - about 5 or 6 miles. Usually you can order food before you set off from the pub to eat on your return, or just stay for a drink. This is an informal run where everyone runs at a conversational pace.
Also, check out the England Athletics website for the very latest guidance on training and competition.
You may need to BOOK IN ADVANCE for Harrier sessions and will need to be a Member of the Club
WE ARE RECRUITING FOR NEW COACHES
We are again RECRUITING TO THE COACHING TEAM. Please contact Paul, Graham or Jon if you want to know more about what it entails and talk through with Paul how the Club will pay for your Coaching course. See Coaching with England Athletics
After making an enquiry about our training sessions and registering your contact details, you can attend 2 sessions for free to check out if the coaching/training is what you need/want. After that to continue being coached/using the training facility we require all individuals to be paid up Members of the Club. It is a condition of our hire agreement with Millfield Track, and Harrier Policy, for all sessions to be organised with members registered.
Couch to 5k group:
For over 2 decades the Harriers have run such courses for those people coming back into running or who have never run - so as to help them get their fitness levels up and runa 5km. Cost: When it operates, then the annual formal 'Couch to 5k' beginners group usually has a modest charge for the entire programme (circa £10-£20). The informal groups running on a Wednesday don't have a charge but we would prefer runners to be members of the Harriers to contribute to our overheads as we pay the Wells Rugby Club to use their facilities, and you will also benefit from Club insurance and discounts on kit etc
Training on other days - another Harrier session for endurance runners can be planned subject to demand - Contact coaches at other sessions for details.
Saturday - occasional monthly hill running sessions for keen juniors (age 14) and upwards once a month. Contact coaches if interested.
Sundays – long off road run for those in training for half or full marathons. Note that on some Sundays many of the group will be racing at an event - Meet: various locations, check with Wednesday Group/contact at training Time: usually about 8.00am or 9.00am
Cost: Free Contact: Mike Rusca/Richard Morgan/Andy Piper or others at Wednesday group
Training with Yeovil Olympiads
We have a reciprocal arrangement with YOAC to train with them at the Yeovil Arena and vice versa.
Their training nights are usually Tuesday & Thursday – see YOAC website for more info; and Saturday mornings sometimes at Ninesprings (Goldenstones) for juniors
QUALIFIED HARRIER COACHES: with date when they first qualified as Assistant Coaches
Full Coach/Level 2: Paul Chadwick (2003); Graham Goldsmid (2004); Jon James (2014); Al Thorner (2014); Simon Prior (2015)
Assistant Coach/Level 1: Chris Collier (2013); Tom Dukes (2013); Ben Tickner (2018); Emma Woodcock (2022); Alexander Coombs (2022).
Coach in Runnning & Fitness: Lynne Elstob (2014); Sharon Bowles (2014)
Coaches receive free Harrier annual membership and appropriate kit
(If you are interested in becoming qualified to coach with the Harriers please speak to Graham Goldsmid or Paul Chadwick. The Club will pay for your coach training but you are expected to contribute to sessions on a regular basis - we are currently particularly keen to recruit some women coaches to work with our junior athletes)
Photos of our Club Training Sessions in action!
- Written by Paul Chadwick
- Hits: 4251
Training opportunities with the Harriers all the year round: COME & JOIN US!
Photo above: We were really pleased when Club President Mary Rand - Olympic Gold Medal winner at Tokyo 1964 - found time to visit our regular Monday evening training session back in 2012 when she was over to receive Freedom of the City of Wells. We had a great time with her and quite rightly pointed out to all of the kids that they could go far if they apply themselves! 2 in this photograph (as at 2020) have now represented TeamGB!
One of the best reasons for joining a Club is to have other people to train with, and to tap into the coaching advice, guidance and expertise available. Wells City Harriers provide a mixture of formal and informal sessions for different age groups age 8 to 80+.The Club has several qualified coaches, some of whom have coached for amost 20 years years. Come and join us at the session most appropriate to you.
If you are a junior, we can coach you to compete at track & field and cross-country
If you are a senior and have a target to get fitter, we can coach you and provide a training group for you
If you are a senior wishing to complete a road 5k/10k/half-marathon or marathon we have a training group or two that can help you achieve your target
- MONDAY Evening - Juniors age 8-16 at Millfield track - all track & field and Cross-country
- TUESDAY Evening - Seniors and juniors age 14+ at Millfield track for Middle distance & 5k/10k training
- WEDNESDAY evening - Seniors age 16 upwards at Wells Rugby Club - beginners and experienced
- SUNDAY morning - distance training groups from various locations